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Like another, more famous political leader, MEP and leader of the Liberal and Democratic Group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt is a regular user of Twitter. “We need to recast Europe so that it is capable of delivering security and prosperity for Europe’s citizens,” he tweeted on March 4.
Currently the European Parliamentary coordinator for Brexit, Verhofstadt is our first confirmed keynote speaker for the 2019 FERMA Forum. From his published views, the Forum can expect forthright insights into current European issues, and the current political, social and business landscape. work, Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union (2017), will be a focal point for his speech.
With the European elections taking place on 23-26 May, by the time of the Forum on 17-19 November in Berlin, there will be a completely new European Parliament, new Commissioners and a new President of the Commission. Verhofstadt says the future of Europe is at stake in the elections, and he calls for a strong response. “Instead of destroying the peace project that is the European Union, let’s reform it & deliver a European Renaissance,” is another of his latest tweets.
Jo Willaert, the President of FERMA, comments, “Guy Verhofstadt will give us a greater awareness of the factors that should be on the radar for European risk professionals. What could be more appropriate to help us develop our Forum theme: Aim for the future?”
Verhofstadt studied law at Ghent University, where went into politics, rising onto the national scene until in July 1999, he became Prime Minister of Belgium. In June 2009 he was elected to the European Parliament where he won the leadership of the Liberal and Democratic group (ALDE). Other recent books include Le Mal Européen and For Europe, both written with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the 1960s leader of student rebellion and now Franco-German politician.
Need to mention his last book which he will speak about at the forum: Europe’ last chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union (2017); as well as 2 more recent books: Le mal européen (2016), For Europe (2012) written with Daniel Cohn-Bendit.